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Those with a keen eye and a knowledge of the local radgy rock scene may be familiar with Cody Sowerby’s work. The Newcastle-based artist’s images have been used by scuzz-pop group Eat Fast on many of their releases; typified by brightly coloured collages of scary eyed women, her work for the band is instantly recognisable.

Cody’s latest exhibition comes to Newcastle’s Abject Gallery from Friday 23rd February until Saturday 24th March; entitled Aspirational Neuroses, the installation artist has enlarged and digitally manipulated found images to explore the presence of the self in the digital realm. Having described her work as evoking “a sense of utter repulsion and complete seduction in equal measure”, Cody’s new exhibition continues in this vein, looking at how explicitly corporal aspects of the self – from spot popping to eating – are simultaneously fascinating and repulsive.

The distorted images are often interspersed with text which has the effect of blurring the meaning and interpretations of the work; the scale of the images also turns often mundane, forgettable fragments of digital culture into unsettling monuments, enabling the viewer to be overloaded with imagery, and the gallery itself to become a confusing space which mirrors online existence, presenting “an abundance of images to be consumed with a tenuous relationship to what they show and what they mean”.


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